antihypertensive :

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  • n  a drug that reduces high blood pressure

  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins and antihypertensive medications like beta-blockers clearly help both men and women, as do a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.
  • Many of the antihypertensive drugs can, and frequently do, produce undesirable side effects, such as impotence, dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Two other effective antihypertensive agents, bethanidine and debrisoquin, which have been available in Britain since 1963 and 1967 respectively, have yet to be approved for use .
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  • FDA Warns That Popular Blood Pressure Drug Can Cause Severe Diarrhea
    The FDA is warning that the widely-used antihypertensive agent olmesartan (marketed as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor, and generics) may cause severe diarrhea. According to an FDA safety announcement, olmesartan "can cause intestinal problems known as sprue-like enteropathy. Symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy include severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss." The warning is ...
    July 3, 2013 - Forbes

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